Lancaster KB733 first recorded operation with
419 squadron was on September 12th 1944. Altough one of the
photos shows a name as the pilot VR-G was flown by
many different pilots during it's time with 419. Reviewing the
Ops Log for the squadron shows that many of the aircraft were shared
with a number of pilots and crews.
KB733 completed 70 operations and displayed the count in a unique
triangle display, of 10 operations per triangle. Goofy made it's way home
after the war as were many of the Lancasters from the squadron.
Also note that there are stars painted on the prop's spinners. Most of the WWII
Disney characters that showed up as nose art where from Disney studio,s
own cartoonists. A great many requests for cartoon characters were received
by most of the movie studios from all the allied air forcres.
VR-G had been involved in two combat experinces with Luftwaffe fighters during it's service with 419.
In one incident on June 6th the attack by enemy fighters shot out the main windscreen, blown away the Astrodome, shot up the
some of insturments, the fusleage above Wireless Op. seat, bombay doors, tail plane, rear turret and had wounded the Navigator F/O Hamilton.
On June 5th 1945 VR-G showing off her art work on mission count returned home to Canada, almost two year after being built in Malton.
Stationed at Camp Borden Ontario until June 15th 1948.
Our Thanks to W.Hupe, L. Sharp and K. Scott for sharing their photos